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Edible Wild Plants in USDA Zone 5

Lisa is a writer and gardener with extensive knowledge of plants and plant care. Her articles focus on easy-care tips for home gardeners.Did you know that many common garden weeds are edible? We see some of these plants every day in our own backyards, near streams, and in wooded areas near our homes.
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Caterpillars In Camo

PHOTO: Karen LanierIt’s early fall—time to prune and trim and pare down. Nature has provided some eager little helpers to take care of defoliating shrubs, trees and forbs just when it’s the right time to cut back: caterpillars.Certain caterpillars are the bane of a gardener’s existence, and others are lauded for the magnificent winged creatures that they metamorphose into.
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German Johnson Tomato

Home /Breeds /German Johnson TomatoPHOTO: Jeff King/FlickrSize: 1 1/2 to 2 poundsSunlight requirements: Full (A minimum of six to eight hours per day is ideal.)Water requirements: A minimum of 1 inch per week — water the root zone as needed and keep foliage dry to deter foliar diseases. Proper mulching aids in prevention of blossom end rot, drought stress and other issues associated with fluctuations in soil-moisture levels.
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This Is Hobby Farming: The Beginning Farmer

PHOTO: Meaghin KennedyOn a cloudy, wet day—exactly the kind of autumn day you’d expect in the Pacific Northwest—Beth Satterwhite navigated her farm’s muddy, trampled paths with ease. Dressed in rainproof Carhartts, her morning was all about harvest, something that her partner, Erik Grimstad, later shared takes about 70 percent of their hands-on farming time.
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Chew on This: More Chicken Feed for Your Money

Courtesy iStockphoto/ThinkstockEnzymes added to chicken feed could increase feed efficiency and make more nutritious chicken litter, according to a study at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center.Foods like yogurt and sauerkraut are highly regarded for their probiotics, gut-supporting bacteria that improve digestion.
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Enrich Your Chickens' Environment for Better Health

PHOTO: Rhoda PeacherImagine that you lived your entire life in a confined area—say, a 500-square-foot room. Imagine that, within this room, somebody served you the same food every day at the same time. Imagine your furniture was bolted to the floor and your few possessions never changed. Imagine you always saw the same view, smelled the same scents, heard the same sounds.
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